Search Results: "Johanna Paungger"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2013

"A successful natural reference book and an easy-to-use planning and scheduling tool."
A nature-based guide to health, nutrition, gardening, housekeeping and more. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ORCHESTRA PIT by Johanna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Back at the right pit, the snake twists into a treble clef—a charming endnote. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A snake meandering into "the wrong pit" leads readers through this appealing introduction to an orchestra and its instruments—brass, wind instruments, strings and percussion. Read full book review >

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BUNNIES ON ICE by Johanna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A healthy if impersonal dose of self-affirmation delivered by a cast with long, fetching bunny ears. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Bursting with confidence, a young skater describes what it takes to be a champion (at least in her own mind) in this wobbly but amusing manifesto. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BANDITS by Johanna Wright
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"An enjoyable take on a nocturnal, urban animal's habits in an accessible story that, with illustrations in better sync, might have resulted in a refreshing outcome. Unfortunately, the result here is pedestrian. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rascally raccoons plunder and play in the night without consequence in Wright's (The Secret Circus, 2009) latest work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 17, 1996

"Neuman's book is interesting as a historical review but superficial as political analysis because of its failure to consider fundamental questions of the relationship of the media to society. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Neuman, foreign editor of USA Today, claims to debunk myths about the power of technology to shape world events. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CITY OF GHOSTS by Johanna Stoberock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Spirited and fresh-faced, a decent debut marred a bit by heavy breathing ('Did I say his eyes were blue? They were like a September sky')."
First outing about a young woman's bittersweet marriage to a tour guide. Read full book review >

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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Johanna Lindsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Sex and Christian warmth to ring up cash-register rhapsodies."
Regency fluff that might be retitled The Seduction, since at heart its greatest allure is sex, not the Christmas season. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"The anthology's large font and short-story format may appeal to struggling middle-school readers as well as elementary-school kids, although the rather juvenile cover art (that nonetheless captures the 'fooled you' concept) might fool them into thinking it's only appropriate for a much younger audience. (Short stories. 8- 14)"
After collecting stories all based on birthdays from well-known children's authors for a previous anthology, Birthday Surprises (1995), this time Hurwitz has asked a group of ten writers to create stories that include the line, "I fooled you," a concept that, she reminds readers, is a common feature of most folk and fairy tales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAR EMMA by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Good enough, but it could have been better. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The epistolary format works against this sequel to Faraway Summer (2001). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELISA MICHAELS, BIGGER & BETTER by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Familiar situations and characters, frequent pencil illustrations, and generous font and white space make this a perfect transitional book for new readers who will look forward to following Elisa and her warm family and friends in the future. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Elisa, almost eight, is the star of the newest Riverside Kids series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAULT LINES by Johanna  Wagstaffe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Thorough, engaging, and accessible. (resources, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
A seasoned meteorologist and journalist uses personal experiences, interviews with earthquake witnesses, history, charts, and photographs as she explains the science behind earthquakes. Read full book review >

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A HIDDEN LIFE by Johanna Reiss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2009

"Readers of this troubling account will be eager to rediscover The Upstairs Room."
The Dutch American author of the young-adult Holocaust novel The Upstairs Room (1972) recounts the unexpected, devastating suicide of her husband. Read full book review >